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1:30 AM ET, July 26, 2021

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Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
The Delta Variant Is the Symptom of a Bigger Threat: Vaccine Refusal  —  There are almost as many reasons for vaccine hesitancy and refusal as there are unvaccinated Americans.  But this problem, not the variant, lies at the root of rising infection rates.  —  After an all too brief respite …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Sarah Huckabee Sanders / Arkansas Online:
The reasoning behind getting vaccinated  —  A few months ago, I decided to take advantage of President Trump's Operation Warp Speed and get vaccinated.  —  Like many of you, I have had a lot of misinformation thrown at me by politicians and the media during the pandemic.
Max Fisher / New York Times:
Disinformation for Hire, a Shadow Industry, Is Quietly Booming  —  Back-alley firms meddle in elections and promote falsehoods on behalf of clients who can claim deniability, escalating our era of unreality.  —  In May, several French and German social media influencers received a strange proposal.
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BBC:
The YouTubers who blew the whistle on an anti-vax plot  —  A mysterious marketing agency secretly offered to pay social media stars to spread disinformation about Covid-19 vaccines.  Their plan failed when the influencers went public about the attempt to recruit them.
Maura Gillespie / Congressman Adam Kinzinger:
Kinzinger on January 6th Commission: When Duty Calls, I Will Answer  —  f t # e  —  Washington, DC - Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement after being asked to serve on the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol:
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CNN:
Pelosi appoints Kinzinger to 1/6 House select committee
NBC News:
Liz Cheney's role on Jan. 6 committee grows after GOP pulls participation
Discussion: Insider
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
‘Expect endless retaliation’: House riot committee provokes partisan war
Discussion: Forbes and ABC News
New York Times:
Bob Moses, Crusader for Civil Rights and Math Education, Dies at 86  —  Mr. Moses developed a reputation for extraordinary calm in the face of violence as he helped to register thousands of voters and trained a generation of activists in Mississippi in the early 1960s.
Discussion: NPR, Lawyers, Guns & Money, UPI, The Hill and CNN
Kathleen McGrory / Tampa Bay Times:
Pasco Sheriff's Office letter targets residents for ‘increased accountability’  —  Critics of the agency's intelligence programs called the letter ‘patronizing’ and ‘offensive,’ and raised continued concerns about civil rights  —  It starts like an offer of admission from a prestigious university.
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Mar-a-Lago primary: Trump wields power with endorsements, but some in GOP fear midterm damage  —  Former President Trump, again upending American political norms, is moving to remake Congress and the Republican Party in his own image.  —  Since leaving the White House …
BBC:
LA man who mocked Covid-19 vaccines dies of virus  —  A California man who mocked Covid-19 vaccines on social media has died after a month-long battle with the virus.  —  Stephen Harmon, a member of the Hillsong megachurch, had been a vocal opponent of vaccines, making a series of jokes about not having the vaccine.
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Tim Scott Lies And Says Cutting Unemployment Benefits Put People Back To Work  —  Video: … Sen. Scott said on Fox News Sunday, “They continued for several more weeks except for states like South Carolina where we decided to do away with enhanced on employment benefits and what happened to our unemployment rolls?
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Sen. Tim Scott warns of the ‘one thing you cannot do’ in passing police reform
Discussion: Townhall
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Confronted at Store by Man Saying ‘You Are the Worst Human Being’  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson was confronted at a fly fishing shop by a man in Montana who pronounced him “the worst human being known to mankind.”  —  A man named Dan Bailey posted a video of himself …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Intensifies Airstrikes in Afghanistan as Taliban Offensive Nears Kandahar  —  About a dozen strikes are aimed at slowing a Taliban surge, aiding a beleaguered Afghan military  —  in Washington, D.C.  —  The U.S. has stepped up airstrikes in southern Afghanistan amid growing apprehension …
Discussion: New York Times
James Morrow / Wall Street Journal:
Covid Mania Returns Australia to Its Roots as a Nation of Prisoners  —  Citizens in Sydney may leave their homes only for ‘essential’ purposes and not go more than six miles.  —  Sydney  —  It's hard to know exactly when Australia's pandemic response crossed the line from tragedy into farce.
Timothy Noah / Washington Monthly:
What Ken Starr's Alleged Affair Means for Republicans  —  How can you wage culture war when your warriors are hypocrites and reprobates? … — Judi Hershman, former public relations adviser to Starr during the Clinton impeachment, on Medium, July 12.  —  After four years of unapologetic immorality …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Reuters:
Tunisian president ousts government in move critics call a coup  —  Tunisia's president dismissed the government and froze parliament on Sunday in a dramatic escalation of a political crisis that his opponents labelled a coup, calling their own supporters to come onto the streets in protest.
The Guardian:
Michigan Republicans will return Covid relief funds used to pay own bonuses  — Six commissioners voted to pay themselves $65,000 in total  —  Elected Republican officials in a conservative Michigan county who gave themselves bonuses totalling $65,000 with federal Covid-19 relief funds …
Discussion: Raw Story and WTOP
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Fox News hosts discuss how to ban ‘childless’ liberals from voting  —  Fox News hosts on Sunday promoted the idea that “childless” Americans should not be allowed to participate in society by voting.  —  The idea was recently floated by Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance.
Discussion: New York Post
Swati Chaturvedi / Haaretz:
I Was Targeted by NSO Spyware.  Here's How Israel Is Helping Modi Undermine India's Democracy  —  This is what it's like to be targeted, why Israel must shut down sales of Pegasus, and why authoritarian cowards troll and intimidate - but they won't silence me
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Americans' optimism about country's direction over next year drops nearly 20 points since May: POLL  —  In May, a little more than a third were pessimistic.  Now, it is a majority.  —  As President Joe Biden completed 100 days in office, the country was optimistic about the coming year …
Douglas E. Schoen / The Hill:
Six months in, two challenges could define Biden's presidency  —  Six months into his first term, President Biden is finding himself faced with two major domestic challenges: getting both parts of his infrastructure plan passed and handling the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Wall Street Journal:
Senators Scramble to Finalize Deal on Infrastructure Package
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
 
 
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Republicans unleashed a deadly vaccine skepticism. Can they now contain it?
Redfield & Wilton Strategies:
Plurality of Britons Would Support Government Censorship of Sexist, Homophobic, or Racist Books
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Cleveland Indians name change to Guardians profoundly stupid, unnecessary
Discussion: Fox News, Boing Boing and Breitbart
Washington Post:
A Catholic newsletter promised investigative journalism. Then it outed a priest using Grindr data.
Discussion: New York Post and LGBTQ Nation
Anna Gronewold / Politico:
Cuomo said AG probe would clear him. Now his aides say it's political.
Discussion: New York Post and HotAir
Harry Enten / CNN:
How Fox News viewers are less likely to get vaccinated
Discussion: WTOP and BizPac Review
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Windhorst / ESPN:
Team USA falls to France at Tokyo Games for first Olympic men's basketball loss since 2004
Marissa Martinez / Politico:
Trump's impact on the line in Texas special election
Discussion: Raw Story
Erin Banco / Politico:
In Alabama and Louisiana, partisan opposition to vaccine surges alongside Delta variant
Discussion: Progress Pond
USA Today:
Exclusive poll finds Detroit residents far more worried about public safety than police reform
Discussion: Twitchy and Detroit Free Press